H.R.H. PRINCE ALBERT
Size 10 x 8 3/4" (25.5 x 22.2 cm.) Frame: 19 1/2 x 17"
Watercolours & gouache on card, with raised highlights. Signed with initials 'H.E. 1844' (Bottom Right) Double matted, glazed, period shadow box giltwood frame.
Ref. PD2 /ALN/ d.ande > VLN PRICE CODE C
A handsome half-length portrait of His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony K.G., (1819 -1861) later the Prince Consort, at age 28. He is portrayed facing forward, head turned slightly to his right. He wears a scarlet military uniform with blue sash and star of the Order of the Garter he holds his plumed headdress in his right hand. His sword hilt is just visible. The delicate skin tones of the face are beautifully painted Prior to his marriage to Queen Victoria in 1840 she wrote, "[Albert] is extremely handsome; his hair is about the same colour as mine; his eyes are large and blue, and he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth; but the charm of his countenance is his expression, which is most delightful.”
By 1844, Albert had managed to modernize the royal finances and, through various economies, had sufficient capital to purchase Osborne House on the Isle of Wight as a private residence for their growing family.
This fine small portrait will make a fine addition to any collector of Royalty images.